Cornyn Introduces Eduardo Aguirre for Nomination To Be Director Of Bureau Of Citizenship And Immigration Services


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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship Subcommittee, introduced Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., of Texas, at a Judiciary Committee hearing Friday concerning his nomination to be the first director of the new Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services under the Department of Homeland Security."Mr. Aguirre understands the important role immigrants play for our nation,” Sen. Cornyn, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said at the hearing. “As a fellow Texan, I am proud of the contributions Mr. Aguirre has made to our great State and to this country and am confident he will continue to make.” the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS), provides services to immigrants formerly provided by the INS. Cornyn noted that as acting head of BCIS since February, Aguirre is ready for the challenges facing the Bureau, which include eliminating substantial backlogs of pending immigrant cases, and improving immigration services for all who come to this country in search of a better life. As an immigrant to the United States from Cuba, Mr. Aguirre’s life is an American success story. “He’s a valuable reminder to all of us that immigrants epitomize the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and thirst for liberty that embodies the American dream,” Cornyn said. “As director of BCIS, Mr. Aguirre will build upon his excellent record of leadership, management, and service, on behalf of all our nation’s immigrants, and indeed on behalf of all Americans.” Before starting as acting director of BCIS, Aguirre served as vice chairman and chief operating officer of Export-Import Bank of the United States. As well as his government and business management experience, Aguirre has been very active as a civic and community leader. Aguirre’s nomination will likely be passed out of the Judiciary Committee soon and sent to the full Senate for final confirmation.- See below for full text of Sen. Cornyn’s introduction of Eduardo Aguirre -- TESTIMONY OF U.S. SENATOR JOHN CORNYN BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY Nomination of Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., to be Director, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, United States Department of Homeland Security Friday, June 6, 2003, 9:30 a.m. Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226 Thank you for calling this hearing, Mr. Chairman, and for providing me with the opportunity to testify on behalf of such a great American, a great Texan, and I am pleased to say, a great friend. It is truly my pleasure this morning to introduce to the Committee Mr. Eduardo Aguirre, Jr., nominated to serve as the first Director of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, in the new Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Aguirre understands deeply in his heart how important a role immigrants have played, and will continue to play, throughout our nation’s history. As a fellow Texan, I am proud of the contributions Mr. Aguirre has already made to the state of Texas and to this country, and that he will continue to make if confirmed by the Senate for this position, as he surely should be. At fifteen years old, Eduardo Aguirre fled Cuba in search of a better life. His life story is a success story, and a valuable reminder to all of us that immigrants epitomize the hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and thirst for liberty that embodies the American dream. As you know, the Department of Homeland Security’s Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (the BCIS) provides the services to immigrants that were once provided by the former INS. The BCIS has a daunting mission in front of it: to eliminate substantial backlogs, and to improve immigration services for all who come to this country in search of a better life. As Acting Director of the BCIS since February, Mr. Aguirre is well aware of the challenges faced by this new bureau and has already done an excellent job leading and managing it. Mr. Aguirre has already enjoyed an impressive career in management in both the private and public sectors – and of course, management experience is precisely what is called for, especially at this particular agency and at this particular time. He comes to the Department of Homeland Security most recently from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, where he has served as vice chairman and chief operating officer. He was confirmed to that post in December 2001 by the unanimous consent of the Senate. Mr. Aguirre served as the Bank’s acting Chairman until December 2002. As acting Chairman, he guided the Bank through its most recent five-year Congressional reauthorization, and shaped it into a more customer service and results-oriented organization. Before moving to Washington, Mr. Aguirre enjoyed a 24-year career with Bank of America, including service as President of International Private Banking. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System, where he brought clarity of purpose and direction to the four university system and its approximately 50,000-student body. Mr. Aguirre is not only a leader in government and business management, but also a civic leader. He is the founding chair of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Go Tejano Committee, further empowering Houston Hispanics with access to college scholarships. He has also served on numerous professional and civic boards, including the Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Center for Excellence in Education, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade, and the Houston chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Named “one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation” by Hispanic Business magazine, Mr. Aguirre has traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and Asia, promoting economic growth, international trade, and business opportunities. He has represented the United States in meetings with heads of state, cabinet ministers, and other high-ranking government officials and private sector executives in discussions related to trade financing. if confirmed, Mr. Aguirre will face important and challenging responsibilities. As Director of the BCIS, Mr. Aguirre will build upon his excellent record of leadership, management, and service, on behalf of all of our nation’s immigrants. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.